DoE opens coal exploration bidding

Done with priming up, the Department of Energy (DoE) finally opened to public bidding at least 30 coal blocks which it plans to award to qualified bidders under the 2009 Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR).

“A total of 30 areas or coal block systems are being offered for this year’s contracting round,” the department specified in its statement to the media.

The DoE said the official opening of the bid round will be June 8 this year, for various blocks in Quezon; Catanduanes; Albay; Sorsogon; Masbate; Cebu; Sebu; Surigao del Norte; Zamboanga del Norte; Surigao del Sur; Zamboanga Sibugay; Agusan del Sur; Sultan Kudarat, Davao Oriental, Sarangani and South Cotabato.

The PECR shifts the mode of contract award for energy resource exploration via a bidding process that enables it to select the best work proposals; in lieu of the traditional first-come, first-served policy that preceded it.

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